BAR­RETT STARS FOR STRAT­FORD

Neigh­bours wal­lop Balt­in­glass

Bray People - - SPORT - BRIAN O’DONOGHUE At Balt­in­glass

BALT­IN­GLASS' Di­vi­sion 2 side showed lit­tle sign of life at home on Satur­day evening as Strat­ford ran riot for the hour.

The su­perb free tak­ing of James Bar­rett helped the vis­it­ing team to no end and he fin­ished the game with a cool nine points. He could do no wrong from placed balls. Balt­in­glass only had eight shots in the en­tire game as Strat­ford moved into cruise con­trol just af­ter half time.

From the start though the vis­i­tors went ahead through a Nolan free and he dou­bled the lead in the fourth minute. Alan Nor­ton added two more points for the same team and Nolan made his tally four points be­fore fi­nally Balt­in­glass got off the mark over half way through the first half from a Paudie Swin­bourne free.

Strat­ford re­sponded with two points, this time from Eoin O'Neill and Nor­ton mak­ing it 0-8 to 0-1. Balt­in­glass en­joyed a bit more ball pos­ses­sion as the half drew to a close but had to rely on a Paudie Swin­bourne free and a point from play and a stun­ner of a point from Adam Flem­ming to make them look in some way re­spectable on the score­board.

Bar­rett sent over an­other free for Strat­ford and just be­fore half time Matt Manly took a long range free that flew straight into the top cor­ner of the net to give Strat­ford a 1-9 to 0-4 half time lead. Balt­in­glass hadn't per­formed at all, but sup­port­ers may have been mak­ing al­lowances for a strong wind.

In truth though the con­di­tions mat­tered lit­tle as Strat­ford won the sec­ond half 1-5 to 0-2 with the goal com­ing five min­utes from time and it was a strike right out of the top drawer.

Matt Manly was given the ball with his side 1-14 to 0-5 up and while a point was def­i­nitely on the cards, what he de­cided to do, was not. A scin­til­lat­ing strike from the boot of a man with no lack of con­fi­dence flew into the top cor­ner from 20m and there was an “Ooof” from the small crowd that ap­pre­ci­ated the au­dac­ity of the shot.

Bar­rett frees kept Strat­ford tick­ing over in the sec­ond half and Balt­in­glass had good per­form­ers in Adam Flem­ming and Eoin Sweeney but other­wise were not at the races at all.

Shane Wall from Balt­in­glass and Alan Nor­ton of Strat­ford com­pete in this Di­vi­sion 2 clash. Pic: Joe Byrne.

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